UGM Gets Greener


One of the most significant climate-related outcomes of the recently concluded G20 meeting in New Delhi is the agreement to work toward tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030. It is the only new and clear deliverable on climate action that the G20 countries have tasked themselves with, and its potential impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions is immense. However, accomplishing this target requires efforts from all sectors worldwide, and educational institutions are no exception. Indeed, educational institutions have a multipronged role— directly contributing by joining the renewable energy revolution and inspiring young minds to think green when it comes to energy.

Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Indonesia, has recently installed a rooftop Solar Power Plant (PLTS) to encourage the energy transition. The initiative, carried out by PT Pertamina (Persero)—an Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas corporation based in Jakarta—has a total capacity of 326.25 kWp. With this installed capacity, yearly carbon emissions can be reduced by approximately 309.7 tons of CO2 equivalent. We are talking about the carbon absorption capacity of 14,747 mature trees! In addition, this new project will provide students with a platform for close access to and research on green power operations.

Officially founded in 1949, Gadjah Mada University is one of the country's oldest universities and higher education institutions. It is best known as Indonesia's largest and first state university. In the 2023 QS World Universities Ranking, UGM is ranked 1st in Indonesia and 231st globally. We dedicate this yearly special issue to the prestigious alumni of UGM.

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